Trucks in running for five top awards

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Leyland Trucks has been shortlisted for five top manufacturing awards.

The historic truck-builder, which is based in Farington, was branded a ‘fantastic business’ by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The shortlisting saw a panel of assessors and moderators visit the plant on Friday, ahead of deciding the overall winners.

Colin Brown, the Institutions’ director of engineering said: “Leyland Trucks is a fantastic business that is helping to ensure manufacturing remains at the heart of Leyland and Lancashire’s economy.

“Leyland Trucks is a previous winner and it is exciting to see that the business is continuing to excel in so many different areas.

“We hope it can inspire more local manufacturers to take part and benefit from the Manufacturing Excellence programme.”

Leyland Trucks was the overall winner at the Manufacturing Excellence Awards in 2009 and 2010 - the only company to ever achieve the status twice in the history of the awards. This year, it has been shortlisted for Business Development and Change Management, Customer Focus, Innovation in Products and Services, Logistics and Operational Efficiency, and Partnership with Education.

The shortlisting comes on the back of winning a bronze medallion at the coveted Shingo awards, dubbed the ‘Nobel Prize of manufacturing’.

The firm became the third firm in the UK to win the award last month, which was set up in 1988 to recognise the top performing countries around the world.

The winning companies for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Excellence Awards will be handed awards at the Dorchester in London on November 23.